All About Camp
Here at the U-M Pediatric Diabetes Clinic, we always say that diabetes shouldn't get in the way of a child or teen's life. One of the most exciting opportunities we are proud to share with our patient families is the chance to go to summer camp with a fully trained and supportive staff of diabetes caretakers. Camp Midicha is a program in partnership with the American Diabetes Association that takes place at the YMCA's Camp Copneconic.
We recommend this opportunity for all our patients because the peer support and life skills they will find are priceless. Read through our tips on financial assistance, what to expect at camp, and our patient testimonials below.
UPDATE: After careful consideration, the American Diabetes Association has decided to cancel in-person camp due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all patients who are interested in a diabetes camp experience to sign up for ADA Imagine Camp which will be hosted online. Please check our COVID-19 Updates page for more information on how to stay healthy during this situation.
We know that cost can be a factor when determining your ability to participate in certain activities, so we make every attempt to ensure that every teen and child has the opportunity to attend this amazing experience. Scholarships to Camp Midicha are available and included below. Note: More scholarship opportunities may become available soon - check the clinic newsletter for updates and opportunities! We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as many of the opportunities are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Apply for financial aid through the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Financial assistance is available for campers, and your paperwork is included in your supplemental forms email after you register. For questions regarding Financial Aid, contact Nicole Matti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-433-3830.
Apply for both the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic Camp Scholarship Gift Fund and the Lions Club scholarship by completing this form.
Connect with local organizations in your area like Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, and Kiwanis Club as many of these organizations offer scholarships and resources for children in their communities.
What to Expect at Camp
Camp Midicha is host to a variety of activities available for campers. In previous years, campers had the opportunity to swim and tube in the lake, canoe, fish, participate in arts and crafts, and engage in games like ultimate frisbee, zip lining, and bouncing on the famous "blob." Activities are subject to change in response to weather, but are guaranteed to provide a fun and inclusive environment. For more information about Camp Midicha's activities, visit NCHPAD's directory here.
Our patients who attend Camp Midicha are blown away by the bonding and activities, and many claim that Camp Midicha is the best thing about having diabetes. Read some of our patient testimonials below to learn why camp is such a rewarding experience for our T1D patients.
Dining and Safety
Camp Midicha provides a menu that is T1D-friendly and can cater to necessary dietary restrictions. The ADA ensures that during the weeks of Camp Midicha there are always multiple doctors on site, as well as additional volunteer medical staff and counselors that are fully trained in T1D care. There are procedures for blood sugar checks through the day and night, for insulin pumps while swimming, how to count carbs at meal times, infusion site changes and both high and low blood sugar corrections. There is also a planned time for campers to discuss T1D and to receive educational materials/updates.